We all know the saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” It follows a bride around like a chart-topping song on the radio by a popstar you love to hate (but it’s a song you hate to love). If you’re stuck on the last part of that oh-so-catchy rhyme, consider making it a part of your bridal beauty look. Blue, a color associated fidelity, is a strong hue that can be a real centerpiece for makeup and hair. Ahead, four blue beauty looks that nod the time-honored tradition.
Whether it be a dramatic wing or a sleek thin line, blue liner is a welcome departure from traditional black or brown. For a color this bold, it’s important to keep things neat and even. With a makeup artist, a friend, or (if you’re a particularly talented superhuman) yourself, apply the liner and play around with shapes and sizes. Try out a couple formulas to see which has the best color pay-off—a highly pigmented formula like this Dior pencil is preferred for maximum precision.
Blue is a power color that makes for an unexpectedly fierce mani. I had my nails painted a striking cobalt similar to this Deborah Lippmann shade and got compliments left and right. But if a color this bright is a little too intimidating, you can always scale it back with a softer lighter blue, like Essie’s Getting Intricate. An eggshell blue looks good on all skin-tones and is a valid substitute for those popular pinky nudes.
Beauty is best when you have fun with it and there’s nothing more fun than feathery colorful lashes. If you’re a bride on the pulse of beauty trends, you’ve probably seen blue mascara before on celebs (Lupita Nyong’o and Joan Smalls are fans) or on the runway (Dries Van Noten models donned neon lashes during their Fall 2018 show). The look is eye-catching and on the avant garde side, so it’s definitely not for everybody. But for a bride that likes experimenting with makeup, a blue mascara like Yves Saint Laurent Vinyl Couture Mascara is worth a try.
If you’re a big proponent of rainbow hair, a blue dye job is a no-brainer for your big day. Using different shades of blue can add dimension to strands, while creating the illusion of thickness. Limecrime, a beauty brand known for their vibrant vegan dyes, offers an array of blues that come in full coverage or as a tint. A tint leaves a soft wash of color on tresses, making it easy to scale back or test out. An even more subtle approach would be a blue streak or gradual ombre—just a dash of blue color gets the point across all the same.